Srinagar: `Janata Darbar` is fast
becoming a hit among the people of the Kashmir Valley,
especially youth, giving a shot in the arm to Omar Abdullah
government in the state, which has been of the firm belief
that last year`s protests were not aimed against it.
As the 41-year-old Omar prepares for his second Janata
Darbar this week, his office is already flooded with requests
for meeting the Chief Minister as this public forum and this
has rekindled the hope among the public at large that their
pleas will be addressed cutting through the red-tape.
University students, unemployed youth who want to
start their own ventures and executives from a leading private
bank are eager to meet Omar at the `Open House`, which he has
started to get feedback from various areas of the state.
During the five months of unrest last summer,
thousands of people, mostly youths, poured on the streets
across the Valley, that resulted in violence in which more
than 100 people were killed.
Mainstream opposition parties like PDP and BJP claimed
that the violence was a result of the failure of the Omar-led
Omar said that the youth of Kashmir this year has
taken a "positive approach" for getting the issues resolved.
"The massive participation of the youth, both as
candidates and voters, in the ongoing panchayat elections
shows that they want to contribute in a positive way to the
development process," he said.
Omar recalled that when he took over as the Chief
Minister, the youth of the state, especially those in the
Valley, had expected him to solve their problems. "We are
working in this direction but no Chief Minister has a magic
wand that will make all the problems disappear overnight.
"I have been repeatedly saying that I should be judged
at the end of my term as most of the development works we have
taken up will start bearing fruit in four to five years," he
The Chief Minister said his focus is on improving
public delivery service by receiving first-hand appraisal of
the issues people are confronted with on various counts.
"Open House provides ample room to people to ventilate
their grievances and I get an opportunity to know where the
delivery requires improvement so that actions are taken
accordingly," he added.
The Chief Minister said by the establishment of
Panchayati Raj system in the state, smaller issues which are
being brought to his notice for redress could be dealt
effectively at the panchayat level.
Omar, however, said that he and his office shall be
accessible to individuals and civil societies as a whole to
apprise him of the matters and problems they deem fit to be
brought to his notice.